This review is based in 2 parts – our experience in travelling to la Digue Island and then the actual hotel itself
We booked 5 nights here at the beginning of November. The features of the island which attracted us were the beaches and it seemed a small and quiet island, just right to chill out. We knew it would be a journey to get to and we were prepared for it. We had an overnight flight to Mahe island with Emirates arriving at 7am and our plan was an Air Seychelles short flight to Praslin island at 8.30 am and then one of the regular short ferries to La Digue. Reading reviews and the Air Seychelles website catching their planes seemed really straightforward and if your flight was missed it appeared really easy to catch another. “It is just like getting a train or a bus” one reviewer said. So when our Emirates flight was an hour and 10 mins uncharacteristically late into Mahe and we just missed checking in for our 8.30 flight by 4 mins we were not initially concerned and we paid our 20 euros admin fee and were put on standby. And we waited and waited. 9.30 flight full, 10.15 flight full, 10.30 flight full 11.15 flight full. By now the restaurant in the airport had closed so no where to get anything to eat and drink. We were also totally shattered so sitting in the small domestic terminal for what was starting to look like the whole day was not an ideal situation. . We asked for a flight that definitely had vacancies on so we were guaranteed seats and were told 5.45pm. This was not convenient as the last ferry to La Digue from Praslin is 5pm. We made the decision to take a taxi to the ferry port in Victoria and get the last ferry from Mahe to to La Digue at 4pm. A long wait but at least we knew we could get there. We arrived at La Digue at 6pm just as it was getting dark – very tired, hot, hungry. So please do not assume that these flights are really easy to just jump on. We made that mistake. (good news though, just heard from Air Seychelles that they are refunding our flight costs after we wrote to them when we got home – many thanks)
Le Relax Beach House is about a 10 mins walk from the ferry port. Walk down the main road and follow the road around, pass Barclays Bank and turn right at the junction. A short distance to the next junction and the hotel is in front of you on the left. It is small with only 4 rooms. But the rooms are large and very comfortable and the Manager arranged for some sandwiches for us when they heard of our journey. Too tired to really appreciate, we took in our surroundings the next day. There are only 4 rooms - 1 overlooking the sea, 2 on the side and 1 facing the road. You may want to ask for a view preference when booking. We had a side room so had a view of the beach and the road with the church in the distance. The bathroom is lovely with a fantastic shower. There is a TV with digital channels, hairdryer and bathrobes. Everything was new and clean. A tea/coffee machine is provided along with cups but no tea or coffee. You may need to bring your own or buy in the supermarket.. Breakfast is on the terrace so you can see the beach and the sea
We did have a slight problem in that we had booked for 5 nights and the hotel only had us staying for 4, with another hotel booked for the 5th night elsewhere on the island. Apparently Mason Travel, who is a local agency, had arranged this as the hotel did not have rooms for a 5 night stay, but did not let us know. I felt a bit sorry for the hotel manager as he assumed we knew and at first we kept arguing with him that he had mixed us up with someone else. After meeting with a Masons advisor, we had no choice really and whilst it did get sorted it was not what we planned. So we only ended up staying for 4 nights and not 5 – it was a shame we really liked Le Relax and la Digue.
The hotel is a short walk to the park Source D’Argent where there are some fantastic beaches and you can feed the giant tortoises. We hired bikes and cycled here and also around the island which did not take long. There are also some lovely restaurants in the town
In summary really liked La Digue, This is the place for a chill out and relax – so enjoy. Just make sure you are prepared for an interesting journey to get here.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Le Relax Beach House, opened in February 2010, has four comfortable double bedrooms aesthetically decorated with an integrated restaurant at ground level with sea front view.The hotel is located on the white sandy beach of Anse Reunion on the Western Coast of La Digue.Daily excursions, bicycle hire and transfer from Jetty to the hotel can all be arranged on request with all facilities you will need to make your stay on La Digue a memorable holiday experience. The hotel was built as follow up on quality and comfort from its sister hotels on Mahe (Le Relax Hotel & Restaurant) and Praslin (Le Relax Beach Resort)Le Relax Hotels over the years has been more than capable to stand on its own in providing comfortable quality accommodation for your stay on the Seychelles islands.Welcome to Le Relax, La Digue ... more less
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